Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chesco Times: Op/ED: SE GOP leaders back Corbett on pension fight

Op/ED: SE GOP leaders back Corbett on pension fight

Editors Note: This op-ed was submitted by Patricia Poprik, Chair of the Bucks County Republican Committee; Valentino DiGiorgio, Chair of the Republican Committee of Chester County; Andrew Reilly, Chair of the Delaware County Republican Committee; Mike Vereb, Chair of the Montgomery County Republican Committee; and John Taylor, Chair of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee; Michael Meehan, Chair of the Republican Southeastern Pennsylvania Caucus; and Bob Asher, Republican National Committeeman.
We applaud Governor Corbett for tackling Pennsylvania’s pension crisis which is increasing our residents’ property taxes and diverting dollars away from the classroom to pay for large pension obligations.  We thank the Governor for standing up for Pennsylvania taxpayers and Pennsylvania children.
As Governor Tom Corbett travels across the state making his case for pension reform, much of the news coverage has focused on the so-called “rift” in the Republican Party between the Governor and the legislature on the issue of pension reform.
In speaking with our local Republican legislators, it is evident that all of them understand the need for pension reform; some just differ on the best approach. 
The Republican Party, like our communities here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is made up of diverse men and women, each with their own unique policy prescriptions for the challenges facing our Commonwealth, including how to best solve the pension crisis.  That is not unexpected or unusual.
What is unusual is the failure of our Democratic friends to recognize the cost of doing nothing to address pension reform.  Given the clearly defined consequences of inaction, we would hope that some Democrats would join with Republicans in implementing necessary reforms.  Unfortunately, that has not been the case, and these Democrats have largely escaped criticism for their failure to be part of a lasting solution.
The complexities of pension reform, future pension obligation actuaries, and discussions about the unfunded liabilities facing the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the State Employees’ Retirement System are enough to make the eyes of even seasoned policy wonks glaze over.  So, the fact that pension reform is not a top priority for many Pennsylvania families is no surprise.
However, the health of the pension system directly impacts education funding and property tax rates – two major topics of conversation around kitchen tables across the Commonwealth.
Over the course of the past four years, Governor Corbett and the legislature have increased state funding for K-12 education from $8.9 billion to an all-time record-level of $10.5 billion, an 18 percent increase.
Unfortunately, a huge chunk of that is being used to pay for rising pension costs for teachers and other school employees.  Imagine how much more money would be going to our classrooms and benefitting our students if we could bring the state’s pension crisis under control.
Left unchecked, the problem is only going to get worse.  Pension obligations outweigh assets for Pennsylvania’s two state government employee pension systems by a combined $47 billion.  Those unfunded pension obligations are projected to increase to more than $65 billion in the next five years.  In the recently adopted $29.1 billion state budget, more than $1.6 billion of taxpayers’ money and other revenue went to pay pension obligations.  In other words, $1 out of every $18 in state government spending goes to fund state pensions. State pension payments are projected to rise to more than $4.3 billion annually within the next three years if we do not act.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Check Out Megan Rath for US Congress

Follow Megan on Twitter @Megan4Congress or Facebook @Megan for Congress or check out her website at MeganforCongress.com.


FRANK A. 'HANK', July 16, 2014. Beloved husband of Gloria (nee Leggieri); father of Elizabeth S. Chiolan (Joseph), Gloria Jean Ammlung (Wayne), Frank C. (Cindy), John (Marianne) and Anthony (Lorrie); also survived by 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to call Sunday Eve. 6 to 8 P.M. and Monday Morning 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at St. Christopher Church, 13301 Proctor Road, Phila., PA. 19116. Funeral Mass 11 A.M. Interment Resurrection Cem. In lieu of flowers family prefers donations to St. Christopher Church or the
Alzheimer's Association , Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Phila., PA. 19106.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=frank-a-salvatore-hank&pid=171769042&fhid=11897#sthash.8AHevxvj.dpuf

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Philadelphia Republican Party

Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com


Philadelphia, PA, July 17, 2014:  Philadelphia Republican City Committee Chairman John Taylor released the following statement on the death of Senator Hank Salvatore:

The entire Republican City Committee is deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Hank Salvatore.  As both a State Representative and State Senator, Hank Salvatore was a tireless worker for the citizens of Northeast Philadelphia and the entire City.  During his decades in Harrisburg, Hank championed many causes for his constituents and was a mentor to younger legislators, including me.  We will miss his wisdom, experience and friendship.  We extend our condolences to Gloria and the entire Salvatore family.

Arrangements have not been confirmed at this time; once we know the details we will post them on our website at www.PhillyGOP.com

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sen. Vincent Hughes Car

Sen. Hughes is apparently cognizant of the risk of mixing politics and government as you can see from his quote here: "It's because the lines have to be drawn so brightly now that, during the course of my 20-hour days, you have to separate politics [from official business], and I'm always meeting with folks, talking with people about various kinds of issues."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140713_Vince_Hughes__Philly_s_money_man_in_Harrisburg.html#O6JX1SMPb2CL0ycV.99

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mayor Nutter: Let Them Eat Pretzel

Philadelphia Republican Party


Contact:           Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:               josephjdefelice@phillygop.com

Mayor Nutter:  Let Them Eat Pretzel

Or Perhaps Funnel Cake

Philadelphia, PA, July 8, 2014:  Amid wide complaints about excessive vulgarity during the Welcome America Concert, Mayor Michael Nutter said if people didn’t like it, they could “go get something to eat!”1

“How does Mayor Nutter think this is an appropriate response? We all understand it is hard to control what a performer may say or do at a concert, like Public Enemy’s open support for Cop Killer Mumia Abu Jamal last year; but for him to put it on the parents in this situation is just baffling,” stated Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice. “What does he want people to do?  Spend 30 minutes trying to get off the Parkway after they hear the first five f-bombs?”

Nutter also added, “The acts are fairly well known, and people have the choice to either not participate while that artist is on, or not be around, or go to the bathroom.”1

In response DeFelice points out, “Since the acts are fairly well known to perform in a non-family friendly manner, as Nutter points out, shouldn’t the City have avoided using them?”

The City of Philadelphia is America’s birthplace and there should be an expectation of class on Independence Day where families, from all over the Country, can come and celebrate our Nation’s founding.  Unfortunately, the Mayor’s recent comments don’t sound very welcoming to the Welcome America crowd. 

1 http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/07/07/nutter-says-city-will-review-this-years-expletive-deleted-welcome-america-concert/

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gilchrist: Lt. Gov Cawley meets Robin Gilchrist supporters at Glenside Independence Day Parade

Contact: Robin Gilchrist
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Phone 267-981-9590
Fax [fax]
P.O Box 54
Cheltenham, PA 19012
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Press Release

Lt. Gov Cawley meets Robin Gilchrist supporters at Glenside Independence Day Parade


Glenside, PA July 4, 2014:  Robin Gilchrist, Candidate for 4th PA State Senate Honors America’s Independence at Rockledge, Abington, Cheltenham, and Glenside Parades
What a great way to celebrate America’s Independence – Marching with my committee people; supporters and veterans!  Three parades, 200 plus shirts tossed into the crowds, doggie biscuits, palm cards, flags, and candy – what fun.
I want to personally thank all of our veterans who were there today and thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet you and thank you all for your service to our great nation. Thanks for a great job by the Abington police, Cheltenham police and all the auxiliary police members for making everything runs smoothly along with our parade organizers. I also want to thank the people of Rockledge, Abington, Cheltenham, and Glenside; you are great patriots and it is an honor to be part of these great communities.
My commitment to our community is unwavering. My great motivation is to:
Ø  Preserving Our Quality of Life;
Ø  Lowering those taxes that suffocate our families and small businesses;
Ø  Growing Our Local Economy;
Ø  Reforming our school system so it truly educates and protects our children;
Ø  Improving our security & safety through law enforcement modernization
I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July and paused a moment to reflect on what has made our nation great. And, I ask that you will join me in my campaign to be your elected representative in the PA senate. I have heard you loud and clear and I will fight for those who have lost their voice because of those benefiting from the status quo.
God Bless America!

Contact: Friends of Robin Gilchrist (800) 215-4337 Ext: 1100 or 267-981-9590

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gilchrist: Art Haywood following in Washington’s Footsteps

Contact: Robin Gilchrist
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Phone 267-981-9590
P.O. Box 54
Cheltenham, PA 19012
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Press Release

Art Haywood following in Washington’s Footsteps

Art Haywood, Democrat 4th Senatorial Candidate finally Files Statement of financial Interest with the State Ethics Commission on June 18, 2014 after accusing Robin Gilchrist’s campaign of lying while simultaneously failing to File campaign finance reports as required by law.

Cheltenham, PA, July 1, 2014:  It appears that Art Haywood, esq., Democrat, 4th Senatorial Candidate, is following in Sen. Washington’s footsteps once again. As per the State Ethics Commission Website, finally there has been a filing of a Statement of Financial Interests. The report filed 82 Days Late on June 18, 2014. And confirmed by a phone call to the State Ethics Commission by Robin Gilchrist, Republican, 4th Senatorial Candidate who was accused by Haywood of lying about the missed filing in an Article Published by the Daily Tribune on June 2, 2014.  As per state law a Statement of Financial Interest must be filed with the State Ethics Commission before a copy is submitted with a Candidates Petition to the Board of Elections. Gilchrist points out that the Statement as it appears on the State Ethics Commission website was stamped by the Elections Board on March 10, 2014, however it was not stamped as received by the State Ethics commission until June 18, 2014 and the Ethics Commission’s file was marked as last updated on June 19, 2014. Art Haywood and Sen. Washington also failed to file the required 30 day post-primary campaign finance reports.
Gilchrist stated,” This is not the representation the People deserve.” The 42 year old Registered Nurse affirms, “I’m not an Attorney like Haywood but I am held to the same standards of conduct consistent with the Code of Ethics and the law in the political arena and I am held to an even higher code of Ethics as a Registered Nurse. Gilchrist stated,” The Law is the Law and when you demonstrate your lack of respect of the law to those you mean to represent, it becomes apparent that you just summed up how you will represent them.” Gilchrist affirms, “I have earned the trust of my community one patient and one family at a time over a long career. I know this because when a parent places their dying child in your arms they are trusting you with everything they live for and that’s a trust you do not break.” Gilchrist emphasized that he will earn Pennsylvania’s citizen’s trust in the same way. “It’s one thing to behave in a certain way while in the Public eye but the true measure of one’s integrity is doing the right things while no one is looking. Haywood failed to take ownership of his mistake and instead attempted to defame my character to draw attention away from his failure.”
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